Thrillers, Suspense & Mystery

Plausible Liars: A Lindsey McCall Novel (Dr. Lindsey McCall Medical Mystery)

Lin Wilder (Wilder Books (October 24, 2023))

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Plausible Liars: A Lindsey McCall Novel by Lin Wilder is a captivating addition to the Dr. Lindsey McCall Medical Mystery series, a gorgeous meld of mystery, suspense, and thriller elements. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Kate Townsend, embarks on a journey to expose the truth behind her controversial series Corrupting America's Children: Creating Chemical Eunuchs. Her investigation leads her into the contentious world of transgender politics, where she stumbles upon a complex web of secrets and hidden agendas. Meanwhile, Dr....


Valerie J. Brooks (Black Leather Jacket Press)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

In 1 Last Betrayal by Valerie J. Brooks, Angeline Porter, a former criminal defense attorney, undertakes a perilous journey to rescue her missing half-sister. Racing against time and navigating a treacherous world of crime, betrayal, and deceit, Angeline must rely on her determination and wit to outsmart a Boston mob and a violent syndicate boss with powerful connections. With shocking clues, unexpected alliances, and a life-or-death fight for survival, Angeline's race to save her sister takes her to the brink, unveiling shocking revelations an...

Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress (Skylar Robbins mysteries Book 3)

Carrie Cross (Teen Mystery Press)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress by Carrie Cross is a thrilling third entry in the Skylar Robbins mysteries series, an engaging blend of adventure, mystery, and humor that captivates readers of all ages. Xandra Collins is a rich heiress who inherits a fortune and mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind a 100-year-old mansion. Thirteen-year-old detective Skylar Robbins, armed with her wit and determination, moves into the abandoned estate with her family. Determined to unravel the mystery, Skylar joins forces with her best friend...

The Secrets Inside

Katherine Tirado-Ryen (Meadow Lake Press)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

The Secrets Inside by Katherine Tirado-Ryen takes readers on a wonderful journey through the dilemmas of adolescence, first love, and self-discovery. Connie Baltimore, a young woman with a carefully planned life, finds her world turned upside down by the return of her sister and the arrival of a family friend. The storyline is a rollercoaster of emotions, exploring the challenges of high school and the unexpected complications that accompany first love.Tirado-Ryen's novel is a coming-of-age narrative that presents a fully drawn and sophisticate...

Two Weeks of Summer

Katherine Tirado-Ryen (Katherine Tirado-Ryen)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Two Weeks of Summer by Katherine Tirado-Ryen is a poignant exploration of life's unfulfilled desires and the complexities within family relationships. Protagonist Kim Kincaid's struggle with her life's dissatisfaction is a relatable journey riddled with genuine flaws, anxiety, and relentless comparison to her sister's seemingly ideal life. The book portrays Kim's internal struggles brilliantly, painting a stark contrast between her imperfect existence and her sister Dena's perceived perfection.The narrative explores the inner conflicts Kim face...

Darkness Drops Again

Melissa E. Manning (Bowker)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Darkness Drops Again by Melissa E. Manning is a gripping tale following Maeve Shaw, a successful attorney who seems to have it all—career, family, and a promising shot at partnership in her male-dominated law firm. However, her seemingly perfect life begins to unravel when she discovers unsettling truths about her marriage, and a new case at work dredges up haunting memories from her past. Manning skillfully intertwines Maeve's personal and professional challenges, offering a compelling narrative that explores the complexities of relations...

The Other Murder

Kevin G. Chapman (First Legacy Publishing)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

A young woman is discovered shot and killed in Washington Square Park. The body of a young male is found on a different side of the park on the same night. The deaths are connected, but the media and police handle them differently. The female victim, Angelica Monroe was a college student at NYU. The male victim, Javier Estrada was a promising basketball player who had turned his life around. Hannah Hawthorne works for American Cable News and gets the scoop on the Monroe murder and portrays the co-ed’s murder as a modern tragedy. The press cove...

Murder in Blue

Mike Avery (Fearless Advocates Press)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

Murder in Blue by Mike Avery stands as an exhilarating testament to the complexities of law, crime, and loyalty, weaving a gripping tale set in the heart of Boston’s bustling underworld. Avery's craftsmanship shines in the intricate world-building and the conflict that propels the narrative forward. Susan Sorella, the sharp-witted defense lawyer, emerges as a compelling protagonist, unafraid to skirt the boundaries of legality. The superbly depicted characters, including Boston mob boss Frank Romano, add layers of intrigue to the story. The sna...

Crime Unknown, A Buck Taylor Novel

Chuck Morgan (Charles E Morgan)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Crime Unknown, A Buck Taylor Novel by Chuck Morgan is the seventh book in the series and a gripping crime mystery filled with well-crafted dialogues and strong elements of suspense. The story centers around the suspicious death of a young black college student, initially declared a suicide by the local police. However, the student's parents, unsatisfied with the official explanation, turn to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for answers. Here comes Agent Buck Taylor and his team, tasked with uncovering the truth behind the tragic incide...

The Street Between the Pines

J.J. Alo (SNE Horror LLC)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

In The Street Between the Pines by J.J. Alo, readers are plunged into a thrilling tale of mystery, horror, and psychological turmoil. Curtis Reynolds, a Gulf War Veteran haunted by his own demons, finds himself on a treacherous journey through the shadows of Forest Street, where a dark and deadly secret resides. Alo's writing is captivating, drawing readers into the depths of Curtis' troubled mind. The author seamlessly weaves together elements of horror and suspense, creating an atmosphere that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The pac...

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